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In May 1988, her last foster dad spoke with her about a letter he had received in the mail from the state, who informed her foster dad that the check arriving was the last check arriving. With due apologies, he had informed her that she would be turning 18 the same week as graduating and that she needed to either start paying to live there or move out.
Although Katheryn was a B Honor Roll student, played in the high school band and even local nursing homes with some school friends, even though she was in church every Sunday and Wednesday & had requested the foster home of a pastor, & with no job, no car, no driver's license, & no money to pay; Katheryn was left with no other option than to return to her birth-dad; which brought about even more tears when situations lead to becoming homeless after all.
Katheryn put herself through Dental Assisting School while living in an unstable housing situation. However, she still got herself to church every Sunday, sang in the choir and rose up out of the muck trying to hold her down. She has never given up in attempts to launch a charity to assist other emancipated foster care teens to have a safty-net for their college options.
After many years, books, radio shows, parades, & websites later; Katheryn has completed her lifelong dream of sending foster kids to college (You can find her in an Aug. 2017 issue of "The Observer" (in reference to "Pearl Dive''); a Yankton, SD local paper.
Katheryn's care for changing foster care's educational options is so grand she even added a clause for the foundation to include the 1st Generation Off-Spring of anyone who emancipated out of the foster-care system & is willing to complete the 5 wk Mosaic "Faces in the Grid" Program!
*Although the C Corp currently hosts the events in the state of MN & SD; we are always seeking ways of expanding & are open to input on every level topic. Plus, we will accept foster-care from other states who can secure lodging for their program time frame. Our future goals will provide housing for scholarship attendees. Victor Santiago: Vice President of the Board Tammy Craig: Treasure of the Board Joyce Meyer: Secretary to the Board Andi Poland: Chair Katrina Ownes: Chair Sandra A. Smith: Chair